Friday, October 24, 2014

Twice a Best Actress: Jane Fonda


Jane Fonda is a lot like Sally Field for me. Like Field, I really adore Fonda and will watch her in just about anything (once I caught the beginning of Monster-In-Law on television and watched the entire film from beginning to end. It didn't even occur to me to change the station at all). Fonda's Best Actress wins seem to also mirror Field's as well in that her first win was much deserved and the second, well, not so much...(I also love that Field and Fonda are real-life friends and made a pact to stop having plastic surgery. According to Fonda, Field has kept the pact, but she has not.) This week we took a look at the performances that won Fonda both her Oscars (Klute and Coming Home) for our weekly blogger roundtable Twice a Best Actress from Fisti at A Fistful of Films. Please read the panels thoughts here and make sure to share your thoughts on Fonda.

Jane Fonda

Best Actress 1971


Julie Christie McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Jane Fonda Klute*
Glenda Jackson Sunday Bloody Sunday
Vanessa Redgrave Mary, Queen of Scots
Janet Suzman Nicholas and Alexandra

My thoughts on Fonda as Bree Daniels in Klute: "And Fonda, the epitome of the 70's liberated woman, has never been more naturalistic, open, and spontaneous on screen..." (Click here to read the complete write-up.) B+

Best Actress 1978


Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata*
Ellen Burstyn Same Time, Next Year
Jill Clayburgh An Unmarried Woman
Jane Fonda Coming Home
Geraldine Page Interiors

My thoughts on Fonda as Sally Hyde in Coming Home: "She is too sedate throughout, without enough passion for the love story it's trying to be and not politically volatile enough to be the message movie she desperately wants it to be..." (Click here to read the complete write-up) C-

*My Choices for Best Actress winner

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